Applied and Technical Studiesufv.ca/trades
The program is designed to prepare people with no electronics background for a range of entry-level technical service positions.
This program is recognized by the International Electronics Technician Articulation Committee. This recognition allows students national and global mobility in pursuing employment and further education in the electronics field.
The Electronics Technician program is the common core prerequisite for advanced electronic technician specialty programs at post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia and around the world. This includes UFV's Automation and Robotics Technician diploma program.
Graduates will have fundamental skills and knowledge in analyzing, troubleshooting, repairing, and constructing analog and digital circuits.
UFV allows secondary school students to complete this program through a concurrent studies model during their Grade 12 year. For more information, students should contact their district/school career counsellor. Students may also contact the UFV Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduates may find employment with:
Most graduates will continue their education while specializing in any number of diverse fields such as business equipment, computer hardware and networking, industrial instrumentation, telecommunications, and more.
Secondary school graduation is strongly recommended for career success. In addition to UFV’s general university admission requirements, which include the English language proficiency requirement, students must meet the following entrance requirements for admission.
Note: Students who have not been in any schooling for more than three years are strongly advised to take the recommended mathematics assessment test to determine level of preparedness. The assessment test may identify areas that require strengthening to optimize the opportunities for program success. In most cases, upgrading can be taken simultaneously with the program.
Note: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Electronics Technician students should also budget approximately $200 for basic tools and $990 for required textbooks.
Note: A deposit (currently $200) must be paid at the time of registration, which typically takes place one or two months before the start of the program.
The Electronics Technician program starts in September and ends the following June.
The Electronics Technician program requires continuous attendance to successfully complete all requirements for the program. Students will be expected to attend all classes every week for the duration of the entire program.
Students must meet the attendance requirements as outlined in their individual program guides. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).
The Electronics Technician program is located at the Trades & Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack. The reception centre is open 8am–4pm, Monday to Friday. Classes and shops may be scheduled 8am–3pm, Monday to Friday.
The program will focus on electronics as applied to:
Skill development will consist of learning activities that provide hands-on lab work mixed with classroom-based activities including lectures, group activities, reading assignments, and practice problems.
UFV's Electronic Technician program is organized into the following areas of concentration:
Students must complete all requirements with a grade of 70% or better to receive a Credit (CR) grade in order to graduate.
Students who do not receive a Credit (CR) grade in all required areas by the program end date, may apply to their instructor for re-entry into the program. Students who reapply may register as upgrading students and must complete all program requirements no later than the program end date of the following year. See Upgrading section for more details.
Unacceptable academic performance may, at the discretion of the instructor, include poor attendance, slow progress in theory and practical tasks, and/or lack of satisfactory participation in class activities. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).
Applied and Technical Studies students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, and will be held responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in group. See UFV's Student Academic Misconduct policy (70) and Safe Student Learning Community policy (204).
If a student wishes not to continue, they will need to initiate a withdrawal at the Office of the Registrar.
Failed grades may result in withdrawal from the program. Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program for failing to comply with attendance, conduct, or program policies, or UFV policies including: Attendance policy (62), Student Academic Misconduct policy (70), Safe Student Learning Community policy (204).
The upgrading program allows those currently or recently employed in the industry to complete their certificate requirements or to become proficient in specific processes or techniques.
An upgrading student will be enrolled for no more than 13 weeks. Upgrading students will not displace anyone registered in the next intake.
Upgrading students are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous enrolment or proof of industry experience approved by the program instructor.
Students who begin a Trades program, but withdraw before completing the program, may contact the department to request re-entry to the program provided their absence is less than two years. Re-entry is conditional based on space availability and instructor permission, and if the curriculum has not changed.
Students who are absent for more than one year will be required to apply for readmission. An application for admission form and application fee will be required.
Students must apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Request form available at ufv.ca/registrar/forms.